Russia repudiated the US response on the execution of Russian military prisoners
The Russian Embassy in the US repudiated on Tuesday the comments of the US representative to the special mission for International Criminal Justice, Beth van Shaack, on the execution of captive and unarmed Russian soldiers by Ukrainian troops.
From the diplomatic mission they emphasized that van Shaack refused to “directly condemn” the massacre, despite the fact that American media such as The New York Times did not ignore what happened and confirmed the authenticity of the videos showing the atrocities. In this sense, they stressed that such an attitude of the White House is “a double wand at its best“.
In addition, the Russian body criticized the “cynical” tone of the Washington diplomat who insinuated that the alleged war crimes perpetrated by Russian troops are registered “many times more” than those of Ukraine. “The Department of State, as before, did not provide any evidence of the acts of violence allegedly committed by our military,” they argued.
Ukraine says damage to power grid ‘is colossal’
The damage caused to Ukraine’s power generation facilities by Russian missile attacks is “colossal,” the operator of Ukraine’s national power grid estimated Tuesday, but ruled out the need to evacuate civilians.
Ukrenergo CEO Volodimir Kudrytskyi said Ukrainians could experience long power cuts, but the network operator wanted to help provide conditions for people to stay in the country during the winter.
“Virtually no thermal or hydroelectric power plant has been spared from Russian attacks. The magnitude of the destruction is colossal. In Ukraine there is a deficit of power generation. We cannot generate as much power as consumers can use,” he declared.
The Kremlin declares itself on alert for drone bombing of Crimea
The Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, under Russian control since 2014, was the target of a drone bombardment today that forced the Kremlin to declare a “state of alert”, although it did not cause casualties, reported the authorities installed by Moscow.
“A drone attack is taking place and our air defense forces are acting now,” Russian-installed regional governor Mikhail Razvozhayev warned on Telegram.
Razvozhayev said two drones were shot down and no civilian infrastructure was damaged, urging residents to “remain calm.”
In recent months, there have been several attacks against military and civilian installations in Crimea, which serves as the headquarters for the Russian fleet.
At the end of October, the authorities announced that the Russian fleet in Sevastopol Bay, on the Black Sea, had been the victim of the “most massive drone attack” in the history of the conflict.
In retaliation, Moscow temporarily withdrew from the agreement to export Ukrainian grain, essential for world food security.
The authorities imposed by Moscow in the region assured last week that Russia was “fortifying” the peninsula after the withdrawal of its soldiers in the neighboring Ukrainian region of Kherson, reported the AFP news agency.
Russia considers Crimea to be part of its territory, a claim that is not recognized by the international community.
Ukraine claims it wants to recapture the peninsula.
The US will send 4.5 billion dollars to Ukraine to support its effort against Russia
The United States Department of the Treasury announced on Tuesday a new economic aid package for Ukraine, this time for 4.5 billion dollarsto “defend against the illegal war” provoked by Russia.
The organization’s secretary Janet Yellen, specified that these new funds will begin to arrive in Ukraine during the “next few weeks” to “strengthen economic stability and support basic government services,” including the salaries of civil servants such as doctors and teachers.
Yellen stressed that This other aid is “essential for Ukraine’s resistance” to the invasion decreed by Russian President Vladimir Putinin February of this year and that come to add to the previously sent budget items, as well as to “the immense courage of the Ukrainian people”.
The contributions of this type that the United States has already issued since the beginning of the war amount to 13,000 million. Washington asked its partners to continue supporting Ukrainewhile they all continue to sanction Russia “to weaken Putin’s war machine,” concluded the official, quoted by the Europa Press news agency.
Poland agrees to deploy German missiles near Ukrainian border
The Polish government will accept Germany’s proposal to deploy defensive missiles and will propose that German Patriot missile systems, used to combat aircraft, and tactical and cruise missiles, be installed on the Polish-Ukrainian border.
This follows the incident of the missiles falling on Polish territory last week, which sparked global concern about the possible escalation and extension of the Russo-Ukrainian war.
“I welcome the proposal of the German Defense Minister to deploy more Patriot missile launchers in our country. During today’s telephone conversation with Germany, I will propose the deployment of the system on the border with Ukraine,” wrote the deputy prime minister and defense minister. from Poland, Mariusz Blaszczaken Twitter.
A few hours earlier, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht had reported that Berlin offered Poland anti-missile systems to strengthen its air defense, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported.
“We offered support to Poland to secure the airspace; we are already in Slovakia with the Patriot system and we want to extend our presence there until the end of 2023, possibly even beyond,” the German minister said.
On November 15, various Polish media reported that two missiles had hit the Polish town of Przewodów, about seven kilometers from the border with Ukraine. Authorities later said it was a single projectile.
The Polish Foreign Ministry claimed that it was a missile of “Russian” manufacture, a term used to refer to former Soviet production.
From the Russian Ministry of Defense they described the Polish narrative as “an intentional provocation that seeks to increase tension.”
The next day, Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that there is no indication that the missile drop in Poland was a deliberate attack against the country and admitted that there is no evidence that it was launched by Russia, but rather, “It is highly likely that it is an anti-ballistic missile used by the Ukrainian defense forces.”
In turn, the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, admitted that preliminary data confirm that Ukrainian air defense systems had reached Poland.